"Hey Brother" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Country dance track about family love is catchy and clean.

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Positive Messages

There are strong positive messages in the lyrics about the importance of family love and pledges of support. "What if I'm far from home? / Oh, brother, I will hear you call / What if I lose it all? / Oh, sister, I will help you out! / Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you / There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Avicii has had a strong presence in the club scene and has written songs about drinking and partying, his more recent efforts address important subjects such as family love and personal empowerment. "Hey Brother" is about the unwavering support he has for his brothers and his sisters, which is definitely a positive message for kids.

Violence & Scariness

The music video shows clips from the Vietnam War, though none is graphically violent.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The music video shows someone drinking a beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Hey Brother" is a single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii about the strength of family bonds. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, or violence, the song is OK for young kids. The music video shows footage from the Vietnam War and someone drinking a beer, but since the war footage isn't graphic and the drinking is de-emphasized in a background shot, it's still OK for most kids.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byThepotatoman23 July 1, 2015

Avicii's second best song on 'True' album!

Ok, I know that people want Avicii to go back to his old style, but let's say you never heard of Avicii. If you don't know who Avicii is, this song is... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAvicii February 17, 2020

One of my faves!

Sooo... this is one of his few songs where it has a bit more of a pop style. I still love it, but its got a different vibe than the rest of his songs. Still one... Continue reading

What's the story?

HEY BROTHER is the third single from Swedish producer and DJ Avicii's debut album True. The song features vocals by American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski. The single and its music video describe the strength of brotherly and sisterly bonds, with a vow to be supportive no matter what. The music video intersperses shots of the Vietnam War with images of two brothers while the lyric video shows a montage of random video clips in slow motion.

Is it any good?

Fans of electronic dance music and country enthusiasts alike will like this catchy tune. Tyminski's strong vocals are a good match for the pounding dance beats, and the sentimental message is sure to tug on some heartstrings. The only real downfall is the repetition. Since it's a dance track, the same verse and chorus are sampled over and over, which makes the song feel formulaic and a little tired before it's finished. It would be stronger if it told a more complete story, which you'd expect from a country song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the message of the song. Do you agree with the lyric "the water's sweet but blood is thicker"? Are family bonds more important than other obligations?

  • Why do you think Avicii set the music video during the Vietnam War? How does it relate to the lyrics of the song?

  • Do you like the mix of genres in the song? Do you think country and electronic dance music go together?

Music details

  • Artist: Avicii
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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